The quintessential Italian dessert calls for wines that can stand up to its intense, creamy flavor. The original recipe includes a layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers covered with a cream made from mascarpone, eggs, and sugar – which in some cases can be “reinforced” with a touch of liqueur. Unsweetened cocoa powder is then sprinkled on top of the cream. Cocoa, mascarpone, and above all coffee are ingredients that aren't easy to pair with wine. The only certainty for a tiramisu wine pairing is that the wine must be sweet and wines with a higher alcohol percentage, such as passitos, are best.